Have I heard of it before?
No. Heard of Feminist and heard of Theology, but not together!
The word “feminist” (or I as learned tonight: the “F” word) has not, and does not appeal to me at all in what my experience has been . However, there is a reality – what else would it be called? (What can I call it?)
Men were also invited along to participate. Good, I thought, for "feminism" to work it has to be - as it naturally is - all inclusive. Now, that IS my kind of Feminist Agenda – the kind of agenda I find myself in.... Thinking of myself as part of a “clean-up” crew of the debris left behind by an extreme swing that left many, on both sides – confused and inhibited “to just be” after it’s stint in the 70’s, and the never ending- centuries-old rhetoric from organized religion… Aaaaaaal major religions.
Where else to begin, really, than at Religious Institutions which - in the 21st Century, still "hot-headily" insist in continuing to impart a radically biased “theology” that has caused much pain to both man and woman, since patriarchal political interest slowly usurped earlier goddesses worshipping and began substituting male counterparts, coming to deny its historical existence!
OK, this is to start with!
http://www.thegoddessnetwork.net/learn.php?page=goddess_quiz&sub=WillendorfThe course could not have come at a better time, fitting really well with the preparations for upcoming exhibits beginning in April . It all has been a rather sudden and unpredicted turn in the Feminist direction. Ay, Chihuahua!!!
Would you have suggested this, merely a months or so ago, I would have been deeply wounded, I was going for abstract expressions of my heritage, and nature…
I was not even contemplating feminism, never mind “militant feminism”. The entire focus of my sketches and ideas revolves around, what I call “feminine sexuality genocide”. "Coming of age" at 59, and to realize the immensity of the damage “theology” has done not only to me in boarding school, but to generations of women, whom in most cases are not familiar with their own biology, their own genitals – which, mostly - strange men get to peek at and poke around whenever “it is medically indicated”.
In amusement, I realized that the dentist hands us mirror to take a look at the inside of our mouths, and we know pretty well what is going on with every single tooth… But, no one ever hands us a mirror to look – and wonder in awe – at out vaginas.
OHHHHHHH NOOOOOOO, God forbid!!!
DO NOT TOUCH - DO NOT LOOK .... and hoards of us obeyed!
Why not? Because it is a sacred place.
It is THE "genesis" point of almost all species - over and over and over .... and over....
It does not belong to the male, it belongs to the female.
We conceive, nurture in our womb a seed placed in it… we are the keepers, the givers. Plain and simple.
How powerful is THAT?
From net images - "Symbols of Major Religions"
Where are the hard core feminist from the 70’s now? Those women are about my age...! Where the hell are they, and what are they doing?
What has the great feminist movement of the 70’s accomplished? Hmmm?
Some good and, a whole lot of damage, as sadly it is common place today that young high school girls are referred to and address as “bitches” and “hos”, literally “servicing “ their male schoolmates, and enduring all sort of abuse, not only I high school but oftentimes even earlier. The highest percentage of venereal decease in the US (their stats.) is in the - 10 to 21 - age group!
One (1) in every two (2) females in Canada has been either sexually or physically abused past the age of sixteen (16).
One (1), out of every four (4) women is subject to spousal abuse of some kind ... (US stats.)
Pregnant women killed by their husbands, takes the largest percentage of murdered women in N.A. (US stas. - quiet high as I recall)
Many things changed in these past 30 years… yet, while a few women got to “play ball with the boys” and be “successful” (whatever aberration that has come to mean), as a whole, we have lost a lot - 63% of working women wish they could stay home and raise their children ….
As for myself, I always thought “work” - as in 9 to 5 - is highly overrated, we cannot get our identities from our jobs!
My friends, buckle up 'cuz I have only just began… love ya!
PS.: I am absolutely looking forward to the remaining five weeks of the course as this evening's introduction was, I am sure, an indicator of things to come!
One of our moderators commented that the topic of “violence against women” was coincidental and fitting with the beginning of the Willie Pickton trial in New Westminster...
On the Agenda: Week One - Women's journey to liberation: Introduction, violence against women with national and local stats, our personal journeys, what brought us to the group... Reflections upon ourselves and relationships to patriarchy and the emancipation process. Reading material: Feminist Theology/Christian Theology - In Search of Method by Pamela Dickey Young (1990 Fortress Press)
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